Welcome to The Other Half’s crowdsourced playoff-recap for May 6th, 2015!
#TME is seriously running out of material here (did you like yesterday’s burnt-broom, no sweep for Ducks joke? That was me. That was likely my last hurrah, let’s be honest.) So let’s just insert [HUMOUROUS PARAGRAPH INTRODUCTION INCLUDING NAMES OF PPL WHO CONTRIBUTED] here, and I’ll tell you that Sheila Lane, Casey Lucas, Janice Rochford, and resigning-herself-to-the-inevitable Beth Boyle Machlan put together this Cup Check, while I tried desperately to be funny and made sure all the Twitter links work.
At the end of the night the basics looked like this:
Tampa Bay said NO, SIR to BGally’s attempt at buying more time, when a goal slipped past Price with two (T W O) seconds left on the clock, and Montreal finds themselves on the verge of being swept. (Spoiler Alert: HAHAHAHA, no. The Lightning must have all missed their naps today or something, good lord. That was the basics LAST night, TOnight the world is a brand new place.) In Washington, Ovi must really want that Cup and Burakovsky seems pretty determined to give it to him. The New York Rangers are going to make our esteemed Senior Articles Editor cry, they’re now down 3-1 in the series.
How about them details:
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Montreal Canadiens – Round 2, Game 3
-(TBL) Alex Killorn at 12:00 in the 1st period
-(MTL) Brendan Gallagher at 10:03 in the 3rd period
-(TBL) Tyler Johnson at 19:58 in the 3rd period
Goalies: Carey Price stopped 17 of 19, Ben Bishop stopped 30 of 31.
— All Habs (Canadiens) (@All_Habs) May 6, 2015
how many times do the #Habs have to shoot right into the lightning logo on bishop before they get into the bonus?!?
— The Habituals (@theHabituals) May 6, 2015
— Eric Engels (@EricEngels) May 7, 2015
— Bryan Burns (@BBurnsNHL) May 7, 2015
Tampa are perilously close to completing a sweep of Montreal in the second round after Montreal swept them in the first round last year.
The Astronaut salutes Carey Price.
Your heart broke a little last night, and you didn’t know why:
An upset #Habs Price leaving scrum answers one last question: Could you have stopped that puck? "Yeah. I feel like I can stop every puck."
— John Lu (@JohnLuTSNMtl) May 7, 2015
The Canadiens now hold their fate in their own hands, with Tampa up 3-0 in the series.
This series continued today and Holy cow, did Tampa play their junior team today? Did they suddenly forget how to hockey? Tampa’s still up in the series but it’s only by 3-1 now.
Washington Capitals vs. New York Rangers – Round 2, Game 4 (BETH)
-(NYR) Derick Brassard at 6:12 of the 2nd period
-(WSH) Andre Burakovsky at 16:29 of the 2nd
-(WSH) Andre Burakovsky at 00:24 of the 3rd
Goalies: Henrik Lundqvist stopped 28 of 30; Braden Holtby stopped 28 of 29.
And while we’re on the subject … Hank and Holtby are Hot. Ed. note: That one is all Beth. I would never.
— NHL (@NHL) May 7, 2015
Since the world – I mean the series – may potentially end on Friday, I’d like to point out that, from a fan/stadium perspective, this has been a remarkably civil round. I haven’t seen any ugly pissing contests on Twitter (although I’m sure they exist); a Caps fan I talked to in line for beer at MSG on Saturday said that Rangers fans were treating him fine, and Blueshirts who traveled down south seem to have a good experience. No one has thrown garbage on the ice or attempted to denigrate a player by calling him the gender of half the human race. This is … nice. Let’s keep it up on Friday and hopefully beyond. Ed. note: Meanwhile, on my twitter feed…
Gotta love a rookie who scores two goals in a playoff game and smiles like a little Austrian sunbeam.
At 20 yrs and 86 days, Andre Burakovsky is youngest player for the Washington Capitals to have a multi-goal game in the playoffs, per Elias
— Katie Strang (@KatieStrangESPN) May 7, 2015
Also kind of love what J.T. Miller did to Burakovsky’s roommate. I WASH YOUR FACE TOM WILSON! YOU GET CLEAN! (As a sport-specific insult, face-washing is awesome. You can’t truly understand the horror unless/until you’ve had a well-used hockey glove shoved up your snout.)
You’re behind by one in a playoff game, and you get a penalty shot! It’s a dream come true, right????
GIF: Holtby flashes the glove to rob Hagelin's penalty shot pic.twitter.com/qp7H0LMuIZ
— Stephanie Vail (@myregularface) May 7, 2015
WRONG! BECAUSE YOU’RE THE 2014-15 NEW YORK RANGERS. Then it’s just the straw that made the camel cry and question all her life choices.
Also, I love you Haggy, but Zucc would have made that. (Our hearts. They break. We yearn.)
Rangers 1, Capitals 2, giving the Caps a 3-1 series lead
This series continues (ends) Friday at 7:30 in New York.
Once the points were tallied and the soundbytes given
The Other Half took a vote and we agree everyone else was holding their breath on the Hawks/Wild game so TME went it alone and I decided:
What impressed me: Our staff’s ability to pull together these notes on an endless, daily basis.
What distressed me: That last little dig at the Rangers. I’m sorry, Beth. That was mean. I’m sure the series will in fact continue on Friday, and not end at five games like SOME OTHER TEAM’S, WHO BROKE THE TME’s HEART BUT SHALL REMAIN NAMELESS.
The lights went out on a Lightning Round 2 shutout tonight, the Habs won SIX to TWO. But the lights are going to be burning bright in Chicago – they’re moving on up.
We’ll see you tomorrow with the details!